River at Kingsmill Golf Club & Resort

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4.5
11
5 Stars
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4 Stars
4
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2 Stars
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Staff Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
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11 out of 11 reviews
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5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
5.0
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5.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
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1 out of 1 reviews
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5.0
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.5
Conditions
5.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6831
Slope 136
Rating 73.2
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6831 yards 73.2 136
Blue 71 6326 yards 70.9 131
White 71 5640 yards 67.0 124
White/Red 71 5210 yards 65.8 119
Red (W) 71 4814 yards 68.4 122
Green 71 3124 yards 60.5 102
Scorecard for The River Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.2/136 369 198 518 439 173 369 525 419 467 3477 413 408 396 175 374 503 458 177 450 3354 6831
Blue M: 70.9/131 349 177 481 379 157 350 495 401 445 3234 405 375 378 158 357 473 428 156 362 3092 6326
White M: 67.9/126 334 140 452 350 132 323 466 365 400 2962 299 332 344 135 339 439 371 133 350 2742 5704
White/Red M: 65.8/119 334 140 386 316 132 323 441 314 329 2715 299 293 297 135 282 439 331 133 267 2476 5191
Red W: 68.4/122 244 116 386 316 110 229 441 314 329 2485 293 293 297 102 282 354 331 110 267 2329 4814
Green W: 60.5/102 135 110 275 220 105 180 310 220 220 1775 193 191 215 95 195 250 230 105 175 1649 3424
Handicap 3 15 9 1 17 7 11 13 5 12 10 14 16 2 8 4 18 6
Par 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 35 71
Handicap (W) 13 17 5 3 15 11 1 9 7 8 12 6 16 10 4 2 18 14

Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1974) Pete Dye (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire.

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Reviews

4.5
11

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Brunch 2
Dinner 2
19th Hole Scenic Views 1
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 2
Forced Carries 1
Narrow Fairways 1
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 1
Advanced Golfers 1
Entertaining Clients 1
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 1
Convenient to the City 1
Near the Airport 1
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Always in Excellent Shape!

Even in February, this course is in excellent shape. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were beautiful and well manicured. And, the rough is definitely THE ROUGH--they keep this rough long to ensure a championship experience. My advice--stay in the fairway and avoid the rough at all costs. The new owners (Escalante) understand golf course management and have improved The River tremendously over the previous owners. This course is where the LPGA plays in May, and it is a treat, especially #16, #17 and #18 which run up to and along the James River. Throughout the course, you will see historical sites, which just add to the beauty of this course. Don't underestimate this course--it's a Dye course and you need to be accurate or expect 1-2 more strokes added.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent Condition in December

Course has been well maintained and the grass has held up into late December. Having played several high end courses in the area, the River Course is maintained to some of the highest standards for the region.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

My HomCourse

If you want a championship test of your golf skills, this it is. LPGA plays here and PGA did until equipment allowed them to overpower the course. Good challenge but fair. No flat lies and greens will challenge you. Great way to enjoy the game.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Love the River

Disclaimer I live here, but that doesn’t take anything away from the course. Great condition all the time, playable for most levels of golfer, and the whole facility is great! LPGA plays one of the best tournaments on tour here and there’s so many great holes. 3 is a great par 5 as is 7. 8 and 9 are tough 4s. I’ve played a lot of courses on the east coast and 15-18 is my favorite four hole stretch period. If you’re a history buff check out the site between 16 and 17. This is a course you need to play if you’re in the Williamsburg area it’s a treat.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

River Course at Kingsmill

Very nice golf course. Greens always good. Premium for keeping the ball in the fairway when rough is sup in the summer. Nice vistas along the river. Fun to watch the LPGA players during the Kingsmill Championship. Club staff very welcoming. One of the best courses in the Williamsburg/Newport News area.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Fantastic golf and spa, but the rest of the resort needs some work.

I cannot say enough fine things about the golf course and golf facilities at Kingsmill. The courses (both the River and Plantation) were challenging, but not so challenging that I ever felt like I was in over my head. Both courses were in fantastic condition. The greens ran true and fast. The driving range was lovely. The staff was fantastic, including the pros (seriously, if you are in the market for golf instruction, consider a weekend at Kingsmill). Great pro shop as well. And a nice bar to have a burger for lunch. Also- the cart girl makes a mean Bloody Mary. The spa was also world class. The massage therapist really knew what she was doing, and helped me out a lot with a lingering shoulder injury. Really impressed with the spa. If I were solely rating Kingsmill on the golf and spa, it would be five stars, hands down. Unfortunately, to play there, you have to be a guest of the resort, which disappointed. Again, the facilities were beautiful, and the rooms were fine, but the food left much to be desired (I'm being generous with that statement) and for a resort that charges over $400 a night, the wine list was pathetic. Additionally, the reservation staff messed up our reservation and we were informed that we would have to move rooms halfway through our stay (seriously?). When we finally worked something out so that would not be the case, they messed up our parking passes and room keys and when I tried to explain to the front desk what had happened (all I really wanted to do was go to bed), the girl at the desk was quite rude. There really needs to be better communication between the front desk and the reservation staff. And if you are going to charge that much and market yourself as a five diamond resort, get a chef who can provide something better than Cupcake Chardonnay and slimy crab dip. Would I go again? Absolutely. In fact, I anticipate that happening. The golf, again, is world class and makes it more than worth the disappointment I experienced with the front desk staff and food. So yes- I would hands down recommend you consider Kingsmill for a great golf vacation . . . just make a plan to go into town and eat dinner elsewhere at the end of the day.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun Pete Dye layout

Pete Dye was actually brought in a few years ago to soften the course up for the resort player and make it a little tougher for the better player, which is exactly what he did. Fairways are generous and if you can avoid the bunkers, the course is very playable. Loved the closing stretch of holes -- 16, 17 and 18 -- with the backdrop of the James River and clubhouse.
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
The Penn Ohio Golf Trail consists of courses mainly in Western PA and Northeast Ohio. What sets us apart is that we offer 29 different courses; including 4 private, members-only country clubs, 2 former LPGA courses, and many of the top courses in Ohio and Pennsylvania (including Pennsylvania’s #1 public course – Olde Stonewall). We offer 4 Mansions (for groups of 2 to 36), 10 hotels and customer service beyond any major resort. Our Mansions feature large common areas, pool tables, poker tables, big screen TV’s with the luxury of the entire group together in a large home setting.
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